10.  Well-meaning spectators at mile 12 who yell out, “you’re half-way there!”
9.    Bagels!  Can we ever get away from these bagels?!
8.    Friends and relatives who complain about getting tired from just watching the
7.   Having to choose between a leafless bush and a stinky port-a-john
6.   Friends who approach you after the race, poke your leg, and ask if it hurts
5.   Runners who don’t pay attention to where they’re spitting
4.   The fact that the last .2 of a mile feels a lot more like 2 miles.  Where is that
       finish line?! 
3.   Friends and relatives who ask how long your marathon was.  It was 26.2 miles.
      They’re ALL 26.2 miles!  That’s what makes it a marathon!  Yeeesh. 
2.   Shoe laces that only decide to stay firmly tied when you’re trying to get the
      chip off your foot

And the number one annoying thing about running a marathon:

1. Not knowing what to do now with all that free time on Saturday or Sunday


About horowitzrun

Jeff is a certified running, cycling, and triathlon coach, and is the author of "My First 100 Marathons" (Skyhorse Press 2008) and "Smart Marathon Training" (Velo Press 2011). An obviously addicted runner, Jeff has run at least one marathon in every state and on 6 continents, including marathons in South Africa, China, Bangkok, and Antarctica. Jeff is available for group, one-on-one, and virtual coaching. Options include: 1. Basic Training Plan. This includes a customized training schedule geared towards a goal race, with a detailed running schedule that would include all distances and target times for each workout, including speedwork, tempo, and endurance sessions. 2. Complete Fitness and Race Plan. This includes the plan listed above, plus the non-running workouts and drills that runners need for better overall fitness and performance. You would get strength & core workouts, as well as run-specific training drills and stretches. 3. Virtual Coaching. This includes all of the above, implemented on a week-by-week basis. We review each week's progress at week's end so that adjustments can be made. The program is tailored to suit you right up to race day. It involves more contact, on a weekly or even daily basis. 4. Full Coaching for athletes in the Washington DC area. All of the above, plus a weekly workout together including speedwork, drills, and strength training. 5. Individual track sessions. One-on-one track-based workouts. Contact Jeff for pricing.
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  1. Kimberly / says:

    You nailed this list! So excited—I ordered your book and it arrived yesterday!

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